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Budget Paper No5 Northern Territory Economy 1998/99



Budget Paper No5 Northern Territory Economy 1998/99

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Tabled Paper 382


Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Michael Reed


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In addition, 24% of the Territorys population were born overseas of which a significant proportion were from Asia. Population Distribution The Territorys population is concentrated in the urban centres. By 30 June 1997, the population of the Darwin Region had reached 98 500 and is estimated to have reached the 100 000 milestone in early 1998. The Darwin Region comprises Darwin City, Palmerston and the Litchfield Shire. The region accounted for 52.6% of the total Territory population. Alice Springs accounted for a further 13.7% with the other major centres accounting for 9.2%. The rest of the Territory comprises remote and sparsely settled areas. In 1997 these areas accounted for 24.4% of the Territory population (more than double the national average) and recorded rapid growth of 3.4%. The relative importance of remote areas in the Territory is an important factor impacting on the cost of delivering services in the Territory. Over the year to 30 June 1997, Palmerston was the fastest growing urban area in the Territory with an annual increase of 11.3%. This growth reflected the continued impetus of the defence expansion as well as the fact that Palmerston contains almost all the available land in the Darwin Region zoned for suburban development. 4 Northern Territory Economy 90 95 100 105 110 115 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Males Females males per 100 females Figure 1.4 GENDER PROFILE Source: ABS Cat. No. 3101.0 % ANNUAL % OF CHANGE TOTAL Darwin Region 98 466 2.8 52.6 Darwin City 69 415 0.8 37.1 Palmerston 14 849 11.3 7.9 Litchfield 14 202 4.6 7.6 Katherine 9 752 3.3 5.2 Nhulunbuy 3 784 0.7 2.0 Tennant Creek 3 832 4.4 2.0 Alice Springs 25 713 2.7 13.7 Rest of Territory 45 585 3.4 24.4 Total 187 132 2.9 100.0 Table 1.2 POPULATION DISTRIBUTION (As at June 1997) Source: ABS Cat. No. 3234.7

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